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Exercise in a Box programme updated to benefit north-east businesses as Ransomware infections rise

By Kirsty Brown

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Businesses in and around Aberdeen are set to benefit from a brand new and free workshop, to be delivered by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC).

Recently, ransomware infections have hit the headlines following significant attacks on public and private sector organisations within the UK.

In response to this, the SBRC has made a significant update to its facilitation of the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) Exercise In A Box programme which it has been running with businesses across Scotland since late 2020.

In addition to its working from home scenario – which has already been delivered to many businesses in Scotland – the SBRC has launched the NCSC’s phishing attack that leads to a ransomware infection scenario.

The programme sees workshops delivered to businesses focused on cyber resilience where they can explore various scenarios to test their response in a safe environment, without worry about repercussions.

On Tuesday March 30, businesses based in and around Aberdeen will be able to attend a region-specific workshop exploring the new scenario.

The 90-minute session will cover how an organisation would experience a phishing attack that leads to a ransomware infection.

The scenario will also test how users can detect and respond to phishing attacks, as well as what security controls are implemented to limit the impact of ransomware infections when they do occur.

Businesses that attend the free workshop will be able to test how well they would cope if they were infected with Ransomware and gauge the effectiveness of their current backup solution.

Delivered with support from the Scottish Government, SBRC’s cyber team are continuing to run these sessions virtually with input from Police Scotland and other stakeholders.

Participants will gain a range of skills allowing them to continue refining their cyber resilience policies in their own time.

CEO of SBRC Jude McCorry said: “The extension of the scenarios explored within our workshops provide businesses with more opportunity than ever to extend their cyber resilience.

"While news around ransomware infections has increased recently, businesses must feel reassured that these types of attacks are by no means the most popular type of cyber attack.

"However, as part of increasing the resilience of a business, organisations must be informed and prepared for any eventuality.

“The Exercise in a Box workshops have so far received extremely positive feedback from attendees.

"The specificity of the scenarios which are explored provides attendees with the opportunity not only to see how they might respond to such a situation but also hear how others might, which opens their mind to new approaches and processes.

"Given that businesses continue to face a bumpy road to recovery, I encourage all to attend this free programme to ensure that cyber resilience is one area of the business owners don’t need to be concerned about.”

For those unable to attend on March 30, alternative workshop dates which are not region specific are being held on:

  • Tuesday February 23
  • Tuesday March 2
  • Wednesday March 10
  • Wednesday March 17

Further information on Exercise in a Box workshops – which are now being delivered via either Zoom or Microsoft Teams – are available on the SBRC website.

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